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history ends with an emotional loss on the football field, new details emerge in the sexual abuse scandal at penn state. the governor expects more victims to come forward. we will ask the university president about that, as well as the latest on the investigation and what lies ahead. after weeks of accusations against her husband, herman cain's wife speaks out publicly for the first time dismissing claims that he harassed female coworkers saying he total respects women. we will tell you what else she had had say. a hollywood hero meets a true hero. justin timberlake makes good with a marine corps to a ball over the weekend. we will tell you why he is calling it one of the best events of his life. "early" this monday morning, november 14th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs
a beautiful morning here. >> one of the best mornings of mine. >> absolutely. good morning, everyone. i'm jeff glor. >> i'm rebecca jarvis. erica hill and chris wragge are off this morning. the buzz over last night's explosive report on "60 minutes." it found evidence that members of congress used confidential information to make money in the stock market. they allowed to do it but the laws make it illegal for everybody else. we will hear what john boehner and nancy pelosi say about it and both of them have bought stock where the timing has raised some questions. >> absolutely. we begin this morning, though, with the latest from penn state. >> saturday's final home game of the year was anything but normal. fired head coach joe paterno was not involved for the first time in 46 years. the investigation continues. our chief investigative correspondent armen ka dkay day
yen has this report. >> mcgloin running around. it's incomplete. nebraska wins. >> reporter: losses are rarely viewed as wins in football but penn state 17-14 defeat at home had elements of a victory. the chaos and confusion of an unspeakable child abuse scandal surrounding former defensive coach jerry sandusky replaced by powerful expressions of healing and hope. >> i told them it was a privilege to coach them, the way they behaved this week and the way they stood up to a test of a lot of different emotions and different and outside influences that happened to them. >> reporter: a quiet calm on campus sunday belied the most turbulent week in school history. three separate far-reaching investigations are under way
into the scandal and a university response that has already cost four top officials their jobs. including the school's legendary coach joe paterno. >> for the alleged facts of that case to have taken place and for folks not to immediately say nothing else matters, except making sure those kids are protected, that's a problem. >> reporter: prosecutors charge sandusky's rerepeated abuse of young boys dates back 15 years and that he used a charity he founded for troubled kids in 1977, the second mile, as bait. troy craig is a former member of second mile. though, never abused by sandusky, he told cbs news his actions were creepy. >> he would put his hand on my thigh and he would just keep it there. sometimes there would be a squeeze. but he would just keep it there and it made me uncomfortable. >> reporter: pennsylvania governor tom corbett did not
rule out the possibility of more victims coming forward. >> it is not uncommon to see more victims come forward. hopefully, there aren't any more victims and we know who they all are. >> reporter: tj bard said a move towards normal is slowly under way. >> steel reeling. fundamentally, we will looking to move forward and recover as best as possible. >> reporter: speaking of trouble. civil lawsuits by at least two of the alleged victims in many case are said to be already in the works. jeff? >> armen keteyian at penn state, thank you. also there this morning is the president of the university rodney erickson. mr. erickson, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> reporter: pennsylvania's government says he is expecting more victims will come forward. are you expecting the same? >> that's entirely possible. i'm not aware of any at this point but certainly possible.
>> as armen also mentioned, there is three separate investigations taking place. have you put any kind of a time frame on when you'd like to see those finished? >> well, certainly we would like to see them completed as soon as possible so we can take whatever corrective actions may be recommended as a result of those investigations. >> the governor of pennsylvania also said that mike mcqueary, a grad student at the time in 2002 when he witnessed some of these alleged sexual abuse said he failed his moral obligation nine years ago by not doing more to intervene. why was mr. mcqueary put on administrative leave and not just removed from his position? >> there are some legal issues we have to deal with there. >> you have legal issues, but that said, joe paterno was just removed and not put on administrative leave. what is the difference? >> well, that was a different situation where the board, last
wednesday night, felt that they had to take decisive action and they did. >> why was it a different situation, though, if both had information that potentially could have stopped this earlier? why was one with you on administrative leave and one just removed from the position? >> all i can say at this point is that there are legal issues that are involved. >> mr. erickson, some have said that, at times, too much focus on the football program and we were asking about joe paterno and too much focus on him and not enough on the victims themselves. do you agree with that at all? >> well, i would certainly hope that the bulk of the focus is on the victims, because there's been so much sadness here at the university over the course of the last week. so much emotion that has been directed toward the victims. our hearts go out to them. there's also been the start of a healing process, i think. the fact that our students
organized a candlelight vigil to support the victims of child sexual abuse where 10,000, mostly students, showed up, i think was an excellent example of the real character of penn state and penn state students. i think the game that was played on saturday with the student athletes at the center of the field kneeling in prayer and reflection and certainly support for the victims of sexual abuse spoke wonders about the character of all of our students, our fans, and the entire group of 10,000 that were there that day. >> penn state president rodney erickson, we appreciate your time. thanks very much. >> thank you. >> we move now to an eye-opening story that aired on "60 minutes" last night. congressmen and senators make $177,000 a year. many members leave washington much wealthier than when they
came in and a new study tries to explain why. >> a case of do as i say, not as i do. our lawmakers are exempt from insider trading laws and the study claims that many use information and access to information to make money in the stock market. >> steve kroft asked john boehner about buying health insurance companies. >> you made a number trades going back to the health care debate. you bought some insurance stock. did you make those trades based on nonpublic information? >> i have not made any decisions on day-to-day trading activities of my account and i haven't for years. i do not do it. haven't done it. i wouldn't do it. >> kroft also questioned house minority leader nancy pelosi about buying visa stock that was just before a bill that would have hurt the credit card companies was killed.
>> madam, i want to ask you why you and your husband back in march of 2008 accepted and participated in a very large ipo deal from visa at a time there was major legislation affecting the credit card companies making its way through the -- through the house. and did you consider that to be a conflict of interest? >> the -- i don't know what your point is of your question. is there some point that you want to make with that? >> well, i guess what i'm asking is do you think it's all right for a speaker to accept a very preferenceal stock deal? you participated in ipo at the time you were speaker of the house. you don't think it's a conflict of interest? >> only if you decide that you're going to have a -- elaborate on a false premise, but it's not true and that is that. >> i don't understand what part is not true. >> yes, sir?
that i would act upon an investment. >> steve kroft was busy. so is nancy cordes. as usual, she is on capitol hill this morning. nancy, what is the reaction there? >> reporter: jeff, house minority leader nancy pelosi released a statement after the "60 minutes" last night refuting the claims and saying, quote, congress has never done more for consumers nor has the congress passed more critical reforms of the credit card industry than under the speakership of nancy pelosi. and speaker boehner's staff reiterated what he said in the report last night which is that he does not make day-to-day trading decisions on his accounts. >> some of this was discussed last night, but is anything being done now or on a year-to-year basis about the stock issue? >> reporter: well, there is a bill that is reintroduced every year that would make it illegal for members of congress to make trades based on information that they have that is not publicly
available. it's called the stock act. it has a very small number of cosporc cosponsors and hasn't made it anywhere near the house or senate floors. >> nancy cordes, thanks very much. "60 minutes" based its report on the report of peter schweizer foundation. >> hi news book is them all out: how politicians and their friends get rich off insider stock tips, land deals and cronyism that would send the rest of us to prison." great to have you with us, peter. good morning. >> great to be here. >> i've seen statistics that a third of senators, half of the house members are actively trading stocks right now. how widespread do you think this insider trading in congress is? >> i think it's hard to know because the disclosure requirements are so minimal. i think the answer is we don't know. what we do know there have been studies done that show u.s. senators are actually better stock pickers than hedge fund managers and i think you either
have to come to the conclusion that they are a lot smarter than we think they are or something is afoot. i think the temptation is going to exist there, because it's legal for them to do. they are the only class of people in the entire country that are allowed to engage in insider trading and not violate their law. >> i wonder if there is an index fund based on the stocks that congress and senators -- so the book is called "throw them all out." we don't know if that means all but quite a few you think at least? >> yes. what i mean by throw them all out is, i think what happens sometimes in the partisanship in washington, d.c. people tend to protect their own. if you are a liberal, a liberal member does this, i think you should want that person to go. it a conservative does this, the same thing. i think we need to have a zero tolerance policy for anyone that is doing this. >> do they try to justify this or deny it? >> it's a combination of thing. you will get some say on a background look, i don't make that much money and could make more money doing something else
which is kind of ridiculous excuse. but a lot of them will simply deny and say i don't do it or i don't use inside information. the problem is that, you know, if you were a corporate executive and there was a pattern of stock behavior linked to inside information and you just told the s.e.c., i don't do it, the s.e.c. wouldn't just walk away. the s.e.c. would actually look and investigate and see if there is a link and that is what i think is troubling here. the s.e.c. simply doesn't have the authority or the power to go in and look and see, there is this interesting pattern linked to your legislative activity. was there communication that took place that made this pattern exist? >> jeff brought up the index fund in jest. you have staffers that also work as consultants on the issues taking place in congress right now and they sell that information to hedge funds because it is very useful information. >> no. that's a great point. i mean, when people think of lobbyists in washington, d.c. they think of how much money these people can make trying to influence or change legislation. the fact is the big growth industry in d.c. is political
intelligence, whereby, a congressional staffer gives information to a lobbyist who then gives it to a hedge fund. you can make more money doing that and the interesting thing is you have to register as a lobbyist but you engage in collecting political intelligence. you don't have to register at all. >> you wrote a book about it. what does the everyday american do? >> i think the everyday american can do a lot of things. the investigative work that i did and the research team that worked with me did can be replicated fairly easy. it takes a lot of time and effort, but i would say, number one, find out which committees your elected representative is on. that is where they get most of the information. then look and see if there is a crossover. if they are on, say, the senate banking committee and trading a lot of bank stock i would then start looking at the legislative activity and see if they were buying or selling in time in a particular way. then i would take that information and share it with other people. i'm hoping the book is not the end, it's kind of the beginning and it's going to encourage other people to do this. >> i've worked in companies
before that both talk about stocks and also deal with stocks. i worked at a bank. our rule of thumb was you cannot trade anything that you deal with. at the company that talked about stocks, we weren't allowed to trade anything actively just because of the appearance of it. >> that the way it is in most of america. if you're a bank regulator in intermittent you can't own bank stocks. the only group of america literally in the country that doesn't have to worry about conflict of interest laws and insider trading laws is the group in washington. >> thanks, pete. >> thanks for having me. >> here is betty nguyen sitting in at the news desk with the latest headlines. good morning. another potential showdown is brewing in oakland between police and anti-wall street protesters. city officials have warned the demonstrators if they do not move from in front of shal they
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look at those beautiful fall colors still here in mid november in manhattan. welcome back to "the early show," everyone. i'm jeff glor, along with rebecca jarvis. erica hill and chris wragge are off this morning. coming up here, the low down on lay-away. we told you how walmart, sears, toys "r" us are bringing back lay-away plans for a the holiday. you play a little bit down, plus a fee, and pay for a month or two and you pay off the rest. >> what they don't always mention it can be cheaper to pay with a credit card even with a little bit of interest. we will check with cbs news "moneywatch" to see if lay-away makes sense for you and what other options can be better. first, herman cain's wife is defending her husband after multiple sexual harassment accusations. saying in a fox news interview airing tonight that cain, quote, totally respects women. >> her comments after the gop debate this weekend to debate national security issues.
political correspondent jan crawford is in washington with more. good morning to you, jan. >> reporter: good morning. this interview was in the works long before these allegations against herman cain become public and people will be watching closely because herman cain remains a front-runner. it's been two weeks of damage control for front-runner herman cain after he was hit with allegations of sexual harassment. now his wife gloria is coming to his defense. >> that would have been something that was totally disrespectful of her as a woman, and i know that's not the person he is. he totally respects women. >> reporter: cain's strategy in dealing with the scandal is to focus on the issues. to that end, he and the other candidates turn their attention to national security and foreign policy saturday night at the cbs national journal debate. using their ammunition not on each other, but on president obama. >> it is as though we have decided we want to lose in the
war on terror under president obama. >> there are a number of ways to be smart about iran and relatively few ways to be dumb and the administration skipped all the way to be smart. >> reporter: the candidates focused on iran as a major threat against the united states with newt gingrich and mitt romney refusing to rule out military intervention. >> if after all the work we have done, there is nothing else we can take besides take military action then of course, you take military action. >> reporter: trying to jump-start his campaign rick perry made a strong push to cut all foreign aid. >> the foreign aid budget for my administration in every country will start at zero dollars. zero dollars. what is the third one there? let's see. >> reporter: he tried to make light of his stumble in last week's debate when he had what he called a brain freeze. >> governor perry, you advocate the elimination of the department of energy. if you eliminate the department of energy -- >> i'm glad you remembered it. >> good job.
>> i've had some time to think about it, sir. >> me too. >> reporter: perry and cain, they, obviously, have the least amount of foreign policy experience and sometimes it showed on that stage. although both of them avoided any major missteps, i got to say, the two who had the best showing in this debate, i think once again, that honor goes to romney and gingrich. >> jan crawford, cbs news chief political correspondent in washington this morning, thanks. joining us now is chief washington correspondent and host of "face the nation" bob schieffer. great to have you with us, bob, as always. good morning. >> hey, rebecca. >> everybody played nice on saturday night. did that surprise you at all? >> no, it really didn't, as a matter of fact. i think they were all kind of trying to step back a little bit and the idea of talking about foreign policy and the great, you know, issues and threats facing the country, i think they all saw it as a time to sort of look statesmen like.
there were some little jabs here and there, but actually this went about the way i thought it would. >> jan made the point that sort of gingrich and romney pulled ahead as the front runners in all of this and they both made the point they would consider military action to prevent a nuclear iran rather. did that surprise you at all that they would be so hockish in their tone? >> well, again, not really, but i think here, this is something that has to do with the details. when you're talking about attacking iran, if they have a nuclear weapon does that mean putting troops on the ground there? i really doubt there is much appetite for doing that. beyond that, when would you take this military action? the minute that you realize that they did actually have a bomb or would it be after they threatened you? there are a whole lot of questions to ask in the coming debates about exactly what they meant by that. >> the devil's in the details and, in particular it, since this was our first debate on foreign policy, we will likely
hear more emerge. perry came out of it gaffe free. his campaign raised $17 million last quarter. do you think he can spend his way into a comeback here? >> well, i think the problem for rick perry is different than the problems facing some of the others. i mean, he has to convince people for want of a better way to say it, has to convince people he is not dumb and, you know, in something like that first impressions are always hard to overcome. maybe he will be able to do that. i think, though, rebecca, as he tries to change the image there, he may have stepped into a little something when he talked about zero based budgeting for foreign aid to israel. a lot of people in this country will ask what he meant by that. he has campaigned immediately after the debate and began to walk that back and said, of course, israel is a special case. but i think he is going to have some explaining to do on that front. >> you know, you talk about
perry who sort of had to change his tone and try to regain some respect. gingrich on the opposite side of things has been gaining momentum but held true to the no real confrontation with the other candidates. do you think at some point in all of this he is going to have to play a little more dirty and rather than just taking on president obama, he has take on the other gop contenders to win the bid? >> i think, as long as he has the other people in the race taking shots at mitt romney, he can sort of be the professor who sort of rises above it all and takes the statesman like position. maybe down the line he will have to do that, but right now, his strategy is to stand back, let the others express the criticism of the other republicans and he saves his criticism for attack the media, which is always the safe thing to do. >> yes, well, it certainly is in many cases. bob schieffer in washington,
have a great day. appreciate it. >> thank you. we will check in now with betty nguyen who at the news desk. >> good morning. the governor of pennsylvania says he expects more alleged victims in the penn state sexual abuse case to come forward. it was quiet on the campus yesterday but one week ago, sexual abuse charges were filed against jerry sandusky. the blog deadspin said the judge who set the is a volunteer at second mile charity. the diabetes epidemic worldwide is about to explode. the international diabetes federation says over the next 20 years, 1 in 10 adults will have the deadly disease. now, that is about 552 million people. right now, there are just over 360 million who have it. as many as 183 million people have diabetes but don't even know it. people between 40 and 59 will
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big retailers are bringing back layaway purchase plans for the holidays. on sunday, new york senator chuck schumer warned layaway fees can cost more than credit card interest rates and asked retailers to explain those fees. >> whether layaway is right for you, jack otter is here. a hot topic thanks to chuck snumsnu schumer. >> i'm going to say the old fashioned credit card is the way to pay for your holiday gifts. the credit card can be dangerous but if you pay off the balance in full every month, there are a lot of benefits. if you're buying electronics or really anything you can get an extended warranty for another year. there are travel rewards. cash back. actually pulling you away from debit cards and this holiday season throwing in extras like the price protection that walmart offers you can get a credit card that will give you the difference if you find that
same item for less. >> the caveat is not spending money you don't have. >> checks, debit cards? >> any danger you carry that debt and go with cash, debit card or a check. the problem is, of course, you don't get the protections and this is important for online shoppers. because -- >> with debit cards especially. >> right. the money is gone! so that flat screen tv comes with a big crack in it, you got to fight to get your money back. use a check or a credit card and you don't have that problem. so i say if you don't quite have the money, maybe you don't have good credit, you're tempted to do layaway make your own layaway plan. put the money in savings account. only a few pennies in intu but you're paying yourself and not paying the $5 fee and no danger you won't get the item in the end. finally, if you decide you know what? i don't want that item, i want something else. i have a 4-year-old who changes his mind every single day what he wants for christmas. so you have the flexibility.
you buy something else. >> december 24, we will see what is in store. in terms of what layaway is and how it works, are there any, in your view, pros to doing it the layaway way? >> layaway is my third choice of paying for something. really layaway is old-fashioned and i like the yankee appeal you can't have that until you have the money to afford it. imagine that. decades, obviously, americans were into instant gratification. i like the idea let's wait a bit. but you do pay the fees. i have a quarterly with schumer's math. if you look at an entire year's worth of $5 a month the interest rate would be high. if you only pay it once, it's not that bad. again, you teach your children we can't have that until we can actually afford it. >> jack otter, good stuff and thanks. >> we appreciate it, jack. up next, an evening with justin timberlake. he says he will never forget this night. >> we have photos from the big event and tell you what he ended
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♪ ♪ i'm bringing sexy back yeah ♪ ♪ >> early on a monday morning, we are bringing it back. last summer as you might remember, justin timberlake got an unexpected invitation on youtube. a marine corps combat instructor kelsey de santis invited him to an event of the year. >> i ask you to come to the marine corps ball with me on november 12st, in washington, d.c. if you can't come, all i have to say is -- >> justin said yes to kelsey and he attend the ball with kelsey. you can see by these pictures, he did seem to enjoy himself, right? >> oh, yeah. on his blog, timberlake, he talked about it. he said it was one of the most moving evenings he's ever had,
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welcome back to "the early show," everyone, on a monday morning. i'm jeff glor. along with rebecca jarvis. erica hill and chris wragge are off this morning. coming up here you know it's important to keep an eye on your cholesterol but what about your kids some for years, pediatricians have told their parents to have their kids checked if is there a history of family history. a study to screen the kids when they are 9, 10, and 11. two new tablet screens that might give competition to the ipad. you might have heard of kindle and nook but those e readers have been upgraded. we will check them out and tell you if they are worth the money. >> the fire. first, here, the most traumatic week ever at penn state university ended on saturday as the football team lost at home to nebraska.
the legal fall jaw frof sexual abuse is still the topic. armen keteyian is here with more. are we expecting more victims will be coming forward here? >> reporter: jeff, the short answer to that question is yes. tom corbetcorbett, the governor pennsylvania, when the attorney general began the investigation into the alleged sexual abuse by jerry sandusky has been quoted as saying he fully believes more victims will be coming forward in this case. >> armen, what is the time frame on the lawsuits against both the school and second mile, the charity that jerry sandusky was running? >> reporter: well, right now, jeff, what we do know is that at least two victims, lawsuits against the university and well could be against second mile, already are in the works. one of the attorneys, ben andreosi who works our harrisburg who we spoke to over
the weekend said interesting things to us. he said on one hand his client who is one of the victims in the case said he felt tremendous shame about the alleged sexual abuse at the hands of sandusky but felt tremendous guilt in the young man's word this powerful football program to its knees and that it was tearing this young man apart. >> armen, it is alleged that jerry sandusky used this charity second mile as a net. when did second mile find out this was going on? >> the foundation was founded by sandusky in 1977. they said in a statement the first time they were made aware of the allegations was in 2002. but actually, jeff, we spoke to the attorney general's office and they said that they had informed second mile as early as 1998 of some alleged incidents
by sandusky. the interesting part is here is that the attorney for the second mile was the same attorney wendall courtney, who represents penn state university. >> armen keteyian at state college, thanks very much. here is rebecca. a key issue in the penn state scandal is what happens when you don't report child sexual abuse cases to the police? different states have different laws on whether these people can be charged with a crime and joining us now is delaware attorney general beau biden who has dealt with this issue in his state. good morning to you, beau. you have dealt with this from the perspective of the pediatrician in your state who molested over a hundred kids in your state. what would you say are the parallels to that case as well as the penn state case, and what would your advice be now to investigators and prosecutors in pennsylvania? >> well, number one, we have an ongoing case so i'm a little bit restricted on what i can say
about our case as it relates to earl bradley. what i can say is that america needs to understand, our country needs to understand that 1 in 4 girls is sexually assaulted before they are 18. 1 in 6 boys are and asexually assaulted before they are 18. 9 out of 10 know their perpetrator or are in a relationship with the victim. this is a big problem when you have kids and people having access to children. the main thing i have taken away from the awful tragedy we have experienced in delaware, as well as up in pennsylvania, is that there should never be a situation, parents should be very, very careful to make sure that there are never a situation where a child is in a one-on-one setting with an adult without total transparency and openness where someone else can see into that setting. no one-on-one's between a child and an adult. >> as you lay it out, this is
not just a state problem, this is a national problem. but the states have different ways of dealing with this. do you think there should be a uniform system of law around the country on this subject? >> yeah. i mean, that is the second big take-away and that is there needs to be -- states need to have -- delaware does have a mandatory reporting requirement. citizens need to understand that children are not responsible for protecting themselves, adults are, and that is why in delaware, we have a mandatory reporting law that says if you reasonably expect a child is aducketed you have a mandatory to report it. i recommend that any state have a similar law. i think about 17 other states have a strict law like that. and if you do, i think you go a long way to making sure you shine a bright light into child abuse and neglect. the reality is as a society, sometimes where we don't want to stick our nose in other people's
business, but the reality is it is our business as adults, whether you see it in a convenience store parking lot or you eyewitness a brutal attack, obviously, that is something that needs to be reported directly and immediately to law enforcement. >> pennsylvania doesn't have the same laws as delaware does. some people suggest maybe that is part of the reason for the issue escalating to such a degree. i just want to get your opinion on one last thing and that is law enforcement's rule in keeping things like this from occur. >> law enforcement's role is to take seriously any report that you get from a citizen or from anyone that is reporting anything from a bruise to -- that they observe, to actually seeing and eyewitnessing the harm or abuse or rape of a child. law enforcement needs to take these things seriously. they do. and look. these are some of the most vaccine tragic awful things that prosecutors and law enforcement deal with. i can't think of anything worse. and what law enforcement does
take it seriously and it should be reported to them. we need to get these cases and people out there need to report. >> delaware attorney general beau biden, thanks for joining us this morning. we appreciate it. >> thank you. just past 7 minutes past the hour. betty nguyen is over at the news desk with another look at the headlines. good morning to you. >> good morning. italy's next prime minister is in meetings this morning trying to put together a new government. mario monti plans to create a government of people not linked to any political party to help italy out of its massive debt crisis. he replaces silvio berlusconi who resigned this weekend. president obama is in hawaii this morning and scheduled to attend a fund-raiser later today. now, yesterday, he wrapped an economic summit with leaders of the asia pacific nations. cbs news senior white house correspondent bill plante is traveling with the president. good morning, bill. >> reporter: good morning, betty. this summit meeting was about
opening up freer trade among the asia pacific nations and some success on that score, but the president had less success persuading the leaders of russ sha and china to increases sanctions on iran. if he is reelected iran would then have a nuclear weapon. >> is this an easy issue? no. anybody who claims it is is either politicking or doesn't know what they are talking about. i think not only the world but iranian regime understand clearly to prevent a nuclear arms race in the region. >> reporter: despite saying he wouldn't make a practice of what is said in. primary debates, the president did respond to the endorsement by michele bachmann and herman cain of the interrogation tactic
of waterboarding. >> let me just say this. they are wrong. waterboardizing torture. it's contrary to america's traditions and it's contrary to our ideals. that's not who we are. that's not how we operate. we don't need it in order to prosecute the war on terrorism and we did the right thing by ending that practice. >> reporter: mr. obama lamented the lack of progress by the congressional super committee. >> it feels as if people continue to try to stick with their rigid positions, rather than solve the problem. >> reporter: but the president did say that he hopes that the congressional super committee will bite the bullet and do what needs to be done. of course, he also is getting heat from republicans on capitol hill for being out of the country as the deadline for that super committee draws near. betty?
>> bill, i understand there was one tradition missing from this year's summit. explain that. >> reporter: well, you know, in the past, at these summits, they used to put on native garb and put on funny shirts. you would think they would put on hawaiian shirts. they gave the leaders hawaiian shirts but you didn't see what you saw in the bush years. i think you're seeing the pictures now of the various shirts they are decked out in. i think the president felt, a, this was not a time for this, difficult times everywhere, and, b, i think they didn't like looking funny in those shirts! >> i think you look pretty good in a hawaiian shirt, bill. maybe next time we talk to you. bill plante in honolulu, thank you. now to a follow-up to a story that appeared last night on "60 minutes" about congress and insider stock trading. members of both the house and senate are paid decent salaries. $174,000 a year. but they can become really rich because they are exempt from insider trading laws.
"60 minutes" correspondent steve kroft asked house minority leader nancy pelosi and speaker john boehner about it. >> i have not made any decisions on day-to-day trading activities in my account and i haven't for years. i do not do it. haven't done it. i wouldn't do it. >> reporter: do you think it's all right for a speaker to accept a very preferential and favorable stock deal? you don't think it was a conflict of interest or had the appearance of conflict of interest? >> it only has the appearance if you elaborate on a false premise, but it's not true. and that's that. >> now pelosi's office later followed up with a statement saying, quote, congress has never done more for consumers nor has the congress passed more critical reforms of the credit card industry than under the speakership of nancy pelosi.
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♪ in this morning's "healthwatch," cholesterol screening for kids. a panel of pediatricians is making a major change to medical guidelines for children. >> the panel says all children should be screened at least once for high cholesterol between 9 and 1 to find risk factorses that cause trouble later on in life. dr. holly phillips is here. it used to be you would only be screened for this at that particular age if there was a family history of problems related to high cholesterol. they have changed the ruleds now. what is the reason behind that? >> it's a sad sign how severe our obesity epidemic has become. they want all kids to be screened between 9 and 11 and 17 and 21 for high cholesterol. so many kids are expect to be affected we want to catch as many as possible as early as possible. right now 12.5 million kids are obese. 1 in 3 children is either
overweight or obese. past decade obesity has tripled in our country. this is beyond epidemic proportions. >> why this specific of 9 to 11? it does sound very early. >> the idea is catch kids before they hit puberty. before then they can have high cholesterol and doesn't have much of an effect. once they hit puberty the blood flow through the arteries is much difficulty and once they hit their 20s, the plaque hardens and what we call kids can just go into the doctor and get screened. >> good information. so what is something that people can do if they think that they are i their child has high cholesterol? you lay out the obesity issue
but what is the cholesterol issue in this country? >> it is disconcerting. 1 in 5 teens has high cholesterol. it is similar to adults. it's total cholesterol over 200 and ldl over 130. ldl is the bad cholesterol. only 1% of children, however, are treated with medications. we don't expect that to go up. the changes need to come from home, from diet and exercise. >> this is just common sense, smart eating at home basically, making smarter choices? >> there are specific things, though. if you cut out sugary drinks in kids, if you cut out the -- >> a big one. >> it's huge. juice boxes, the soda. that number 1 in 3 children being overweight or obese could drop to 1 in 6 just from cutting out sugary drinks alone. if you cut out fast food and processed food, we can cut the number even more and kids should be getting an hour of exercise after school a day. >> great information. dr. holly phillips, thanks.
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so, jeff glor, you've been away for a couple of days. you took yourself a long weekend. >> had a good time. >> but there was a purpose behind it. you were co-chairing at your old school homecoming at syracuse university. you had a one-on-one discussion on national security issues with former nasa administrator sean o'keefe and you received an
alumni award at a conference hosted by you. >> we had the discussion thursday night at the university. i had a chance to talk about some very interesting things. recognizing, as you mentioned, former nasa administrator, recognizing our problems on earth here but talking about a vision getting beyond earth. maybe a trip to mars someday. >> you'll be on that? >> it snowed on friday and just a little and then it was beautiful for the weekend. go orange! good team this year. we are coming back after this.
possibly your idea of a tourist heaven. it is charleston, south carolina, and it is the number one tourist city in all of america, according to an influential travel magazine. and, this morning, we will take a trip, led by our very own jeff glor, around charleston, full of history and full of beauty and quiet charm. >> one of the more challenging assignmentsments in my career. >> it really is. welcome back to "the early show." i'm rebecca jarvis along with jeff glor. also ahead, ever since it came out, the ipad has been the tablet to own, but it might be seeing its biggest competition yet. amazon releases the kindle fire tomorrow and later this week, barnes and noble has the latest nook tablet out. both much less expensive than the ipad and we will show you how they stack up. >> we working our way around the south this morning to savannah, georgia, where paula deen calls
home. she makes take-out lunches and katie lee went there to see what she is all about and asked her about critics who claim that her recipes aren't good for your health but they taste good. >> they did. betty nguyen is here with a final check of the headlines. >> i've been to that restaurant. >> really? good? >> fabulous! the only problem the line is around the block. you have to know someone to get in. paula, give us a call. the first fine for violating a three-hour tarmac rule has been levied against american eagle airlines. they have been fined $900,000. they kept 608 passengers cooped up for more than three hours on o'hare's tarmac last may. the rule was instituted 20 months ago. russia has launched a soyuz rocket to the international space station this morning. it performed flawlessly, a relief after a similar cargo
rocket failed in august. today's flight carries a three-man station relief crew, including one american. a russian mars probe launched last week threatens earth. the probe is stranded in orbit and carries radioactive toxic fuel and likely to fall back to earth the next two weeks. but no one knows exactly when or where. in japan, officials are still mopping up the radioactive mess left by a crippled nuclear power plant. official got their first close-up look at the fukushima daiichi plant after it was damaged by a tsunami. >> reporter: in a sign the world's worst nuclear accident sin chernobyl is winding down utility operator tepco allowed a bus of journalists to tour the plant for a few hours.
officials like the utility ceo interviewed by cbs news say they are confident that a cold shutdown of the plant with inside temperatures are brought down below boiling point will be achieved by year's end. while the message was up beat the scale of devastation was startling. a series of hydrogen explosions and melt down triggered by a loss of power in the giant wake of earthquake and tsunami. daiichi's chief says it all could have ended quite differently. the first week after the tsunami was the hardest. many times, i thought we were going to die. even now, puke sreporters were to wear protective gear. the 3,000 who still work here, how to avoid contamination remains a source of concern.
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so when you think of the top tourist cities in the u.s., what might come to mind? >> it's a good question. maybe new york? skyscrapers, broadway? >> obviously, great things here. chicago, one of my home towns, the big deep pays there is a big draw. >> san francisco, the majestic beauty and also vegas. but a magazine finds the top tourist destination is a very different kind of place. >> and the award for top u.s. city goes to? charleston! >> reporter: that's right. charleston, south carolina. called the holy city forty many church steeples and above the city's low slung skyline. it beat out san francisco which
had won the award 18 years in a row. i think people, at times, are surprised to hear that. charleston mayor joe riley. >> you know when people come to charleston, whether they are from the u.s. or from another continent, for the first time, they always are surprised. it's like they didn't know this kind of place existed in america. >> reporter: charleston was a cradle of the confederacy. it was here the first shots of the civil war were fired. that history can be felt all around from streets paved in stones once used at ballasts in sailing ships and the city market where vendors still sell their handmade crafts and that doesn't touch on the great southern cuisine. these are the draws for visitors to charleston where the thrill rides don't occur on twisting scream machines, but rather on more sedate vehicles. >> we regulate very carefully the tourism industry. we regulate the number of
carriages, where they go. we regulate where buses can go. we keg late the size of walking tours. >> reporter: all that attention to tourism is because it's big business here. 4 million visitors pump more than $3 billion a year into the local economy. it's not always been so rosy. back in 1989, hurricane hugo made a direct hit on charleston, damaging nearly three-quarters of the buildings downtown and causing $2.8 billion in damage. >> our citizens rolled up their sleeves. somebody said, it will take a week to do something. we said we will do it in two days. if they said it will take a month, we said it there will take a week. >> tom doyle has been leading carriage tours in charleston for ten years. the attention charleston is getting right now, does that surprise you? >> no, it doesn't. it surprises me it took as long as it did. you can go down any street here, look to your left and look to your right, and see even more
beautiful streets. you can make charleston your own special place. isn't this a great city? >> reporter: it's beautiful, i have to say. >> we were talking about why it ask ksneak up on you a little bit here. maybe new york has the statue of liberty and empire state building and san francisco, golden gate bridge. charleston, you have to go there yourself. i was impressed. it was cool to see and i hope to go back and eat. incredible food. good stuff. >> there was a steak there. i don't know what they were pouring on it but it looked delicious. >> it was. >> that is what i hone in on these stories, by the way, food. >> we move from the most popular tourist destination to the most popular tablet. something any tech fan can answer. of course, it is the ipad. 82% of tablets users own one. >> but it may get serious competition this week. tech expert katie linendoll has been checking out kindle and the nook tablet.
she joins us now. >> good morning. >> you brought some of the new tablets along with you this morning? >> i did bring goods. i think what is amazing about the tablet world. we talk about that 82% market share that the ipad has. there are over a hundred tablets in the marketplace. and i think most people would be hard-pressed to maim two that aren't the ipad. and, finally, we get to see some competition. especially as we head into holiday season for the consumer. >> so let's talk about the kindle fire first here. >> yes. >> first, it's much, much cheaper. >> oh, my gosh. it's $300 cheaper than the ipad which is insane. >> that is the lowest end ipad. >> exactly. the base price for the ipad. a quick review. kindle fire is coming out. as you can see a little bit smaller in terms of form factor. it has a 7-inch display. apple's ipad is 9.7. it runs a customized version of android. fast web browser and amazon has a new silk web browser. it's extremely fast. in terms of having that
entertainment experience if you're along for songs, music, newspapers, apps, it's all packed in there. >> how about the nook? barnes & noble nook. >> it has the same look and feel of the nook tablet which will hit retail this week. again, when we are talking about the entertainment experience being able to access ebooks and musks and magazines and everything is stacked inside here and has a 7-inch display. smaller in terms of form fact. it will be very fast like the kindle and more storage and memory. we cut the ipad price in half here. i will say a lot of people are like what do these not have that the ipad does? three huge features that i have to hit on ipad has that these don't. first off the cameras. you cannot take pictures, you cannot take high-def video and no front facing or rear facing camera and no capability of video chat. if you're obsessed with apps
nook and kindle only a few thousands but i expect it to grow. >> just a few thousand? >> ios has nearly 5,000 and 200,000 preopriority to ipad. they will pop out. these are wi-fi capability but no 3g. >> i think i'm on your e-mail. >> do not send any message enters my device. >> the browser seems speedy on the fire here. >> this is an amazon silk brousbrou browser. they were talking about how fast this is. >> i preordered this but held off because i wanted to be sure. >> you did it? >> when they first announced it, they had the kindle but i may do it again. we will see. >> e data sources 500,000 people have created which i think is huge! in terms of impulse buying i
think a lot of people will be picking pup do i think it stacks up to the ipad in full experience, no, but i think it's an awesome option. >> you're an awesome option on the tech front. thank you. >> thanks. now from high talking to hollywood. one of the most anticipated movie premieres tonight. >> breaking dawn part 1. fans have been lining up since thursday to watch the red carpet arrivals as john blackstone tells us. >> reporter: you might call this los angeles tent city occupy twilight. >> it's a big, fun party. it's a xamp out with your friends. >> reporter: a camp out for hundreds of twilight fans so devoted they have been dubbed twi harder. five days they have slept on the sidewalk and celebrated their favorite fictional vampires. >> we want to see rob really bad. >> my ultimate wish? it would be a picket in person. >> reporter: robert and kristen
and taylor star in the love triangle that has taken a big bite out of the box office. >> there have only been three films from this series released and $2 billion worldwide. that is huge. >> it's not traditional. >> reporter: the vampire romance owes its success to teenage girls and moms who bonded over the books and then the movies easement what is different this is female based. if these were guys that were really into a sci-fi or action movie people wouldn't be so interested. >> reporter: and girl power can be very persuasive. >> my girlfriend forced me along to see the premiere. >> she is obsessed enough. i'm the twi husband. >> reporter: actors of the film have signed autographs and stephanie mier handed out books and musicians have played songs from "breaking dawn" sunset. >> it is really the beginning of the holiday movie season of 2011
which i think is going to be a big movie season. >> to love. >> to cherish. >> reporter: opening nationally this friday, "breaking dawn part one" is already breaking records. it sold out online for thousands of screenings. john blackstone, cbs news, san francisco. >> you said were out of town visiting charleston in kir sues kir su syracuse? prescreening. paula deen went from jobless and almost broke to becoming the queen of southern cuisine. >> our katie lee gets a taste of her southern cooking and
cookbook is called "paula deen southern bible cooking." >> our katie lee spent the day with her. >> every time i talk about food, i'm back there with my grandmother. ♪ >> hey, everybody, you're on get cookin'. >> thank you so much for coming by. we love you so much. >> reporter: before she became the queen of southern cuisine. >> this is book number ten. >> reporter: paula deen was an unemployed southern mom in savannah, georgia, with $2 to her name launched a southern delivery system from her kitchen. what do you think grandma would say if she saw this? >> i won't forget the day when i called my grandmother to tell her i was going to start a business called "the bag lady." and, all of a sudden, this voice came back with, have you lost your damn mind, paula ann? ha, ha!
i said, maybe, granny, but, you know, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. >> reporter: the bag lady success opened the doors to deen's first restaurant in 1996. with lines of fans and foodies waiting for a taste of her southern hospitality. >> it's my hope that when people sit down at these tables, they feel like they have slipped their feet back under their grandmother's table, even just for a little while. >> reporter: in deen's kitchen, everyone is family. >> hey, my angel. why are your biscuits fat this morning? >> don't you start with me today, paula! >> reporter: it's from savannah. >> so this is where it happens, katie. >> reporter: that the food network now shares personality with millions. >> paula deen fans here? >> we love you!
>> here is a menu for you. your fried chicken is like finding jesus again. >> reporter: did you think you would have a crowd of hundreds of people? >> i knew i liked to be around people but i never dreamed of this. get it in and out, sonny boy! that i would be having this much fun with this many people. you know when i see y'all i get pretty excited. i still have to pinch myself, because i go in and they will start clapping and screaming and i want to look around to see who they are seeing. i still can't believe it's for me. >> reporter: you don't know that you're as famous as you are? >> no. hey, baby, your hair looks like oprah's kind of. but that's all right, because it can't change me. my children and i have seen hard times, y'all. >> reporter: ever grateful for her blessings, she has partnered with the hungry helping homes tour to feed 20 million americans over the next two
years. >> the numbers always stagger me, katie, yes. the thought of a child being hungry and nobody there to lend a hand to help is devastating. >> reporter: but her celebrity has not been without criticism. >> i'm going to be making y'all a deep fried cheesecake roll. >> reporter: in august, tv chef anthony ordane called her the most hurting person in america for her artery clogging recipes. >> bottom's up. if he thinks i'm the most dangerous evil woman in america, you know, it's a good thing he hadn't met my husband is all i got to say! >> if we need to moisture that, we add more butter, more sour cream and more mayonnaise. >> people think if you're from the south you eat fried chicken
every day. we don't. i don't do it seven days a week, but when i do, i do it. >> reporter: deen has done it once again with her 14th cookbook featuring the traditional southern fair that built her empire. when you were wrg this book, did it take you back to your own childhood? >> i never left my childhood, katie! it's never left me. i'm never very far from my roots, ever. >> reporter: do you feel like you're living the american dream? i'm definitely. i sit here before you as living proof, katie, that the american dream does still exist. it does still exist. >> very nice. katie lee, by the way, is joining us in the studio along with great treats. this one, i'm told, is a ho cake. >> in tradition of southern hospitality i had to bring y'all some food. ho cakes, i grew up eating these and i never knew why they were
called that. it's actually -- it dates back to the 1700s, field hands would be out in the field and make them and cook them on a hoe or a shovel over an open flame. it's like a corn meal pancake and they serve these at paula's restaurant and bring them over to the table as soon as you sit down and i just love them. >> tasty. >> we have talked about the criticism paula has gotten for some of the things she makes. do you think she will adjust her style at all? >> paula is unapologetic and she is who she is. like she said, she doesn't eat these every day. but when she does, she goes for it. >> good stuff. >> taste delicious. katie lee, thanks for being here and thanks for bringing us this great present because it's awesome.
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